Guide to Red River Ski & Summer Area

Originally opened in 1959, Red River Ski & Summer Area is the perfect location to enjoy a variety of summer and winter activities in New Mexico's majestic Southern Rockies. Much of Red River Ski & Summer Area is inside Carson National Forest, which features some of the best mountain views and scenery found in the Southwest. 

Red River Ski & Summer Area is family-owned and operated. The owners take great pride in the fact their resort is an authentic ski town, built by miners, not by developers. The resort also features an onsite restaurant, Grill at the Lift House, and even has an urgent-care medical facility on the premises.
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In the summer, Red River Ski & Summer Area transforms into a summer playground, filled with numerous exciting activities the whole family can take part in. With zip lines, ropes courses, chair lift rides, and disc golf available, you're sure to find plenty to enjoy.

Scenic Summer Chairlift
The Red River Ski & Summer Area chair lift rides are an excellent way to enjoy the amazing views of Red River and beyond. Each chair can hold up to three people. The ride takes 30 minutes as you travel around 1,600 feet to the summit of the area. Along with the chairlift ride, you have a number of options for other activities.

For example, you can hang out at the Tip Restaurant, and enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment. Or, play disc golf at the Mountain Top Disc Golf course. If you're an experienced mountain biker, you can take your bike to the summit with you, and ride trails back down. Note that you really need to know what you're doing: The bike trails are not for beginners.

Mountain Top Disc Golf
The 21-hole disc golf course at Red River Ski & Summer Area is appropriate for the whole family, regardless of skill levels. In general, the Front Nine area is appropriate for amateur players. The Back Nine area is appropriate for all skill levels. You can play the course for free as long as you are hiking to the summit or have purchased a Scenic Summer Chairlift ticket.

Hidden Treasure Aerial Park
Hidden Treasure Aerial Park is the Red River Ski & Summer Area ropes course. You can work through three levels of courses. At the end of the third, and most difficult, level, you get to belay from the course's tower.

Pioneer Flyer
The Pioneer Flyer is a two-person seated zip line. You're pulled back over 600 feet and, then, off you go, over the Pioneer Corridor at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. In general, the Pioneer Flyer is a fast, exciting chair lift ride.

The primary winter activities at Red River Ski & Summer Area are skiing and snowboarding. Other activities are available, however. All chair lifts are open at 9 a.m. Lifts close between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Skiing and Snowboarding
Typically, the Red River Ski & Summer Area opens for skiing and snowboarding just before Thanksgiving. Red River Ski & Summer Area has more than 67 runs, with runs for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiers. The site has seven lifts, so lines are rare. Elevation at Red River Ski & Summer Area is 10,350 feet, with a vertical drop of 1,600 feet. Lessons and rental packages are available.

Winter Tubing
When available, winter tubing is a great activity that family members can enjoy. Sessions are one hour and are offered first-come, first-served. 

Location and Contact Information
Location: 400 Pioneer Road, Red River, NM
Hours: Typically, daily, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Contact: 575-754-2223